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If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

No: Each thyroid nodule only has a apprx 5% chance of cancer. Most of the time, they are just growth and not cancerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is it true that the majority of thyroid nodules are hypoechoic and although thyroid cancer is usually hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are benign?

Is it true that the majority of thyroid nodules are hypoechoic and although thyroid cancer is usually hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are benign?

Size?: It is correct that in younger people thyroid nodules are benign, however, us is not very good at ruling out malignancy. Close follow up of the nodule is needed with us every 6 months. If the nodule is larger than 1 cm, fine needle aspiration biopsy needs to be considered. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a calcified thyroid nodule.Can it be thyroid cancer?

USG FNA: At first, most probably you should have ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration after consultation with your physician. Calcifications can be seen in benign nodular goiter. So, continue evaluation of your thyroid nodule, to rule out thyroid cancer, follow all tests what your physician ask you to do. Thanks for question. Stay well. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules always thyroid cancer? I have a thyroid nodule and my levels of some thyroid hormone are low. My doctor wants to do more tests, but i don’t really understand what he said. Do I have cancer, or could it be something else?

Are thyroid nodules always thyroid cancer? I have a thyroid nodule and my levels of some thyroid hormone are low. My doctor wants to do more tests, but i don’t really understand what he said. Do I have cancer, or could it be something else?

Over : Over 95% of thyroid nodules are benign. Therefore the risk of cancer is low, but can be increased in younger or older people, people with a family history of thyroid cancer, or people who have been exposed to radiation (x-rays do not count). Sometimes benign thyroid nodules can secrete extra thyroid hormone, more than your body needs. If your doctor is suspicious of this, they will order a nuclear study called a thyroid uptake and scan. If a nodule is over a centimeter, that is when we usually will perform a fine needle aspiration to get a sample of cells in the nodule. If nodules are under a centimeter and there is no evidence of over activity, we can simply monitor with serial ultrasounds. ...Read more

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During a neck lymph node ultrasound, accidentialy a 3 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule was found. Is it something to worry about now, should I get biopsy or check it regullary or leave it. I have a family history of thyroid cancer (father, 1st cousin)?

During a neck lymph node ultrasound, accidentialy a 3 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule was found. Is it something to worry about now, should I get biopsy or check it regullary or leave it. I have a family history of thyroid cancer (father, 1st cousin)?

Your FAMILY HISTORY: alone makes this something that needs surgical evaluation (more tests could be done but I personally would want a BIOPSY and more likely than not an EXCISIONAL biopsy (take it out!!) Hope this helps! BTW you should be evaluated for possible thryroid hormone replacement as a way of avoiding future nodule formation! A Board Certified Endocrinologist is the way I would "go"! Z ...Read more

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What does 7mm nodule on thyroid bed jest medial to carotid mean? I had a thyrodectomy 2 years ago for thyroid cancer. Can this be another cancer ?

What does 7mm nodule on thyroid bed jest medial to carotid mean? I had a thyrodectomy  2 years ago for thyroid cancer. Can this be another cancer ?

Recurrence: This may be an area of residual thyroid tissue or may represent spread to lymph nodes in the central neck region, the most common area for thyroid cancer lymph node metastasis. A serum thyroglobulin may be elevated if this is related to your thyroid cancer and a thyroid cancer may be detectable on i thyroid scan. An ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy can make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the chances of "cold" solid nodule being thyroid cancer?

What are the chances of "cold" solid nodule being thyroid cancer?

Thyroid nodule: Presumably "cold" means it did not take up radioiodine. Together, the chances of this being a cancer are quite low. There are many reasons for low uptake. Hashimotos can look like this. A multinodular goiter can have many hot/warm/cold areas. A cyst. How big is it? Small nodules (. ...Read more

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I have 20% thyroid cancer in left nodule it remove already i I'm cancer free now or we need to remove the right thyroid also thx ?

Please clarify: Hi. We don't grade thyroid cancer by percentage of a nodule involved. If you have thyroid cancer, you have it. If the cancer was a microfocus, it can be ignored. If the nodule was cancer, depending on nodule size, you may need a completion thyroidectomy followed by 131-iodine therapy. That landscape is somewhat in transition. Speak with an experienced endocrinologist who can see path report. ...Read more

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Thyroid is enlarged, several nodules. Family history of thyroid cancer. Feel like I would be better without my thyroid? dr says we can wait

Thyroid is enlarged, several nodules.  Family history of thyroid cancer.  Feel like I would be better without my thyroid?  dr says we can wait

Endocrinologist: This is the specialist you should consult. Although there is a family hx of thyroid cancer, your risk is not that high. However you will more likely develop thyroid disease in the future and thus needs follow-up. Since even if you do get thyroid cancer, it often responds well to Rx and removal of thyroid is not without complications, the wait-and-see advice is the right one. ...Read more

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My grandmother had thyroid cancer. Does this increase the chances of my nodule being or becoming cancerous?

My grandmother had thyroid cancer. Does this increase the chances of my nodule being or becoming cancerous?

Thyroid cancer: Sorry about Grandma's cancer. With new approaches, when diagnosed early (i.e. before any cancer is spread) complete correction is most common. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that presents in the thyroid gland. It usually presents as a painless thyroid nodule. Most are papillary-follicular type and have a very good prognosis. Less common are medullary cancers, with an intermediate prognosis. Anaplastic cancers of the thyroid have a poor prognosis and are uncommon. Treatment of thyroid cancers involves removal ...Read more


Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more